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Could Monoculture Trend in Paraguay Lead to Famine?

LADB Article ID: 80568
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2018-04-06
By: Andrés Gaudín

With the fight against hunger in Latin American in decline for the past two years, top officials at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) say the situation could improve slightly this year, with indexes approaching those of 2005-2015. In that decade, thanks to inclusive policies developed in Bolivia and Brazil, this scourge fell to its lowest level in the last half a century. “Even though unfortunate factors such as the impact of the El Niño climate condition and the global economic recession contributed to increased hunger in 2016 and 2017, we are confident that in 2018 the fight against hunger will be re-energized,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in opening remarks at the organization’s 35th regional summit in Jamaica in March. Despite this positive sign, Graziano added, “there will still be a spike in hunger in the region.”Sociologists and ecologists in Paraguay, in the heart of South America, were more realistic. They warned that monoculture and the use of genetically modified plants could lead to a famine.

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